YOUR SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY
As a leading Shul in Toronto, our priority is the safety and security of our members, guests, and staff. A key mandate of Adath Israel is to strengthen our preparedness, our knowledge, and our confidence with respect to security within and around our building. That is why we are committed to continuing our ongoing investment in safety infrastructure and training while deepening our collaboration with UJA’s Community Security team, Toronto Police, and our network of security partners.
OUR SECURITY STRATEGY
Our Safety Committee has worked diligently in consultation with our security partners to develop our security strategy. We are committed to fulfilling all of the requirements encompassed in our three-level strategy as we move forward. While we are proud of the many improvements we have made both before and during the pandemic (via federal grants and our operations budget), our job to keep our members safe will never stop:
- Level 1: Early Perimeter Awareness of potential intruders through enhanced video surveillance, security personnel and volunteers.
- Level 2: Protection of all key entry points through use of bullet-resistant film, PA & Panic Button systems and security monitors.
- Level 3: Protection of in-house gathering areas through use of opaque bullet-resistant film on doors, an automated lockdown system, and security monitors.
YOU PLAY A VITAL ROLE!
Our security protocols are only as good as our training & education, our processes, our physical equipment, and most importantly – our people. We can all do our part to maximize our safety.
Adath Israel engages up to three levels of paid security support depending on the service or event – Police, Fire, and Syncro Security.
Each group has distinct but complementary responsibilities and assignments, both within and outside our facility. As a member or guest, you play a vital role too. We encourage everyone who visits our Shul to always be vigilant and aware. If you see something that appears suspicious, err on the side of caution and be sure to say something.
GENERAL SECURITY REMINDERS
- At all times, be alert for suspicious behaviour. This even includes your walk to and from synagogue (from your home or car) and once you are inside.
- Suspicious behaviours include people loitering near a location (on foot or in a vehicle), as well as unattended bags/packages or unknown vehicles. It is advised not to use a cell phone or walkie-talkie near a suspicious package or vehicle.
- When you arrive at Adath Israel and take your place in one of our services, familiarize yourself with all our exits and hiding areas just in case an emergency arises which requires you to run-hide-fight
SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING, DO SOMETHING!
The safety and well-being of our members and guests are paramount. And we can all play a role simply by saying something when we see something
Working with UJA Community Security, Adath Israel is committed to strengthening its awareness, knowledge, and preparedness to achieve a very simple, but powerful, collective goal – to ensure that Jewish life continues to thrive in our Shul and in our city, now and in the future.
FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT OUR SECURITY PROTOCOLS…
Please review our security information brochure for more details about our safety protocols including instructions when dealing with an intruder and/or active shooter. We embrace the theory of Run-Hide-Fight and encourage all visitors to our shul to familiarize themselves with hiding areas and exits in the event of an emergency.
EVERY SITUATION IS DIFFERENT, BUT QUICK AND VITAL DECISIONS NEED TO BE MADE. THE MOST CRITICAL ACTION IS TO CALL 9-1-1 TO GET HELP AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.
Thank you for being vigilant. We welcome you to join us at Adath Israel for services 7 days a week.
IMPORTANT CONTACT NUMBERS
- FOR EMERGENCIES CALL: 9-1-1
- UJA COMMUNITY SECURITY HOTLINE: 416.635.5600
- TORONTO POLICE NON-EMERGENCY NUMBER: 416.808.2222
- ADATH ISRAEL CONGREGATION: 416.635.5340